03 - 06 - 2020

Coronavirus: Govt to bear expenses to bring back stranded people, says CM

Agartala, May 6, 2020: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday in video message announced that 50,000 poor APL families, who got free ration, would now receive one-time assistance of Rs. 1000 each- total Rs. 5 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

In another announcement, Deb said that the state government would provide Rs. 10 lakh in case of death of any frontline worker- Doctors, nurse, health workers, Paramedics, Police personnel, Journalists, sweeping staff, ICP staff, ASHA workers including the civil administration and line departments along with all the citizens. The ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh, earlier declared by the state government, would be given from SDRF and the remaining Rs. 6 lakh to be given from Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Speaking about migrant workers he said  that the state government has made arrangement for train bookings to send back 33,000 migrant workers to their respective states. All the expenditures (around Rs. 2.50 crore) would be borne from CMRF. 

Besides, the state government has decided to bring back Tripura's citizens now stranded in other parts at government expense. Two trains would run to Tripura-one from Bangalore (expenditure Rs. 14.50 lakh) and another from Chennai (expenditure around Rs. 16 lakh), the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also announced COVID19 tests for all the media personnel who are now working on the ground. He said the samples would be collected in special arrangements step by step. The media persons move from one place to another- there is nothing to worry, but the state government doesn't want to take any risk, he added.